by PAT MURDOCK
Twelve young women from six Hays County high schools have been scrambling to complete their physical exams and get their stuff together in preparation for the 2008 session of Bluebonnet Girls State, an American Legion Auxiliary government-in-action program.
The Hays County teens will be among some 500 who check in Tuesday, June 17 at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. The program will conclude Tuesday, June 24.
Scheduled to represent San Marcos Unit 144 at Girls State include San Marcos High School juniors Ashley Calzada, sponsored by San Marcos High School,; Aimee Garcia, sponsored by CenturyTel; and Pam House, sponsored by Frost Bank. Attending from Wimberley High School and the Katherine Anne Porter High School in Wimberley are Jennifer Cloudt of Stonewall, sponsored by Ingram Readymix, Inc.; and Paloma Bermudez of Canyon Lake, Grey Gibson of Dripping Springs and Amber Harmon of San Marcos, all sponsored by the Wimberley Lions Club.
Attending from Lehman High School is Rachel Roca of San Marcos, sponsored by Beth Nelson, Martha Nelson, Amber Schwartz and Theresa Schwartz. Girls State delegates from Jack C. Hays High School are Tamara Crockett of Buda, sponsored by Texas Lehigh Cement; Catherine Jones of Buda, sponsored by San Marcos attorney Tom Garner; and Amanda Sandoval of Buda, sponsored by Dripping Springs American Legion Post 290. From Dripping Springs High School is Sarah Jennings of Austin, sponsored by the Dripping Springs Breakfast Lions Club.
San Marcos’ Unit 144 is the only American Legion Auxiliary unit in Hays County.
Texas Bluebonnet Girls State is a mythical 51st state where, for a week, participants organize their own city, county and state governments. They elect their own officials. They learn the duties of the various city, county and state offices. They introduce and debate their own bills in a mock legislature. The program concludes with a visit to the State Capitol building in Austin where the girls are given an opportunity to sight-see and meet state officials. The purpose of Girls State is to educate young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.
Six young men from San Marcos and Wimberley represented American Legion Post 144 at Boys State June 7 – 13, 2008, on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Boys State is the Legion’s equivalent to Girls State.
Boys State delegates from San Marcos High School included Paul Andrew Hill, Danny A. Palacios and Benjamin D. Schneider. They were sponsored by CenturyTel, Ozona Bank and Ingram Readymix. Representing Wimberley High School were Cameron M. Allen, Erick Wolff Bauman and Joseph R. Beavers. The three Wimberley delegates were sponsored by the Wimberley Lions Club.
American Legion Post 144 and Unit 144 will host a reception and joint reporting program for the delegates, their parents, school officials and sponsors at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 17 at the San Marcos American Legion Hall. The program gives the students an opportunity to share memories and accomplishments with legionnaires, auxiliary members, sponsors and the general public.